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Submitted by Maggie4Life (Australia), Sep 26, 2006 at 02:47

Ed,

you make some interesting comments, and I do not doubt that you are correct in what you are saying. However, I do not think that you are totally correct in your assessments.

Islam is a political system known as a theocracy. The true Islamic state is totalitarian. Marxism as it is practised in Russia is also totalitarian. From this angle, it is quite correct to make the comparison between Marxism and Islam, but it is only correct if we are comparing the political system, and not the "religion".

It was interesting to note that Vladimir Putin, the current leader in Russia, actually stated that it was his intention to keep on helping the Islamist terrorists. Putin has been supplying arms to Iran, and he has been the one leader in opposition to any reasonable action being taken to defeat terrorism. Thus we have another reason to make a favourable comparison between Marxism and Islamofacism.

Now here is the rub, because the Islamofacists have more in common with Nazi Germany, and the theories of Adolf Hitler than with any other political system, or so it seems. So once again we have a comparison between two states that are totalitarian in nature. There is a better reason to make the link between Nazi Germany and Islamofacism than between Marxism and Islamofacism. For a start Saddam Hussein was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Muslim Brotherhood has tentacles that stretch back to Nazi Germany. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, during the second World War was a known ally of Adolf Hitler. I am sure that a very strong link can be made between Nazi Germany and Islamofacism. For this reason I do not dispute the majority of your comments that were a reply to one who made the Marxist comparison.

I do not think that there are grounds to make the comparisons on the basis of religion. Even if there were Jews who were Marxist, I would have to say that this was an oxymoron. If one was being literal towards the Word of God, then Marxism itself is incompatible with both Judaism and Christianity and those who strayed into Marxism or even Socialism are not being true to the Gospel values (since Christianity is based upon Judaism, I need to specify that the core value here is love of God, plus love of neighbour, a value that both Jews and Christians are able to accept as something they have in common). It is not possible for either Jews or Christians to be Marxist without compromising their faith in God, and as such those who take that road have to be considered as not being true to God.

I think that there is a good case for making the comparison between Marxism and Islam based upon a system that creates a totalitarian state. On the other hand, one can make a better argument for a link between Islam and Nazism.

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